Ancient Greece & the Greek Isles - cruise & land journey

17 Days
Athens to Athens
From (AUD)
$ 14,381
Dates & Pricing

2022 Athens > Athens

The iconic Cyclades

While there are many ways to experience the Greek Isles, you’ll find that exploring on board Scenic Eclipse offers an unrivalled experience and guarantees you an in-depth journey with all its wonders. The combination of this ultra-luxury yacht and discovery style of travel offers you an extraordinary voyage. Disembark Scenic Eclipse and the fascinating and complex past on ancient Greece. , from Greek mythology to the birth of the modern Olympics.
The iconic Cyclades are captivating, beautiful isles and are home to significant archaeological sites, azure waters, and precariously perched, charming seaside villages. Of the 39 islands in the archipelago, only 24 are inhabited. Disembark Scenic Eclipse and explore Greece, attributed as the birthplace of Western culture where today, the charismatic people of Greece g go about their modern lives surrounded by ancient ruins and landmarks. Add stunning natural beauty and sublime cuisine to the offering andit becomes clear why a visit to this glorious country is unmissable.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
OMG5
Duration:
17 days
Departure City:
Athens
Return City:
Athens

Selected Itinerary

17 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Piraeus (Athens), Greece

    Ancient Athens, the birthplace of democracy and the epicentre of Western civilisation, is a city for all eternity and the starting point for your discovery voyage.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Patmos, Skala Harbour

    Around the 16th Century, Skala was one of the most important commercial ports in the Mediterranean, where trading of pirated goods took place. As you stroll down the windy path in the centre of the island, you will find it hard to imagine that Patmos inspired St. John to write the Book of Revelation in what is now known as the ‘Cave of the Apocalypse’. Shimmering coastline, sheer cliffs and volcanic soil, Patmos is one of the smallest and most stunning inhabited islands in the Aegean. Today choose one of our Scenic Freechoice activities or join a more active Scenic Discovery excursion.

    Freechoice

    Explore the highlights of Patmos, including the Cave of the Apocalypse, or discover some hidden gems on the island while developing your creative skills during a photography tour. Alternatively, learn about the art and history of the island.

    Discovery

    Hike through the rugged northern territory of the island

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Kusadasi, Turkey

    Kusadasi is a popular Mediterranean port on the Turkish coastline. Sun, sea, bargain shopping and a lively night scene, are part of the Kusadasi attractions, but it is also home to natural wonders and ancient sites that appeal to international travellers from around the world. Kusadasi is also the ideal location for history lovers, from ancient sites, a Byzantine Period fortress and pirates of the Mediterranean. Wander the maze of the old quarter, and admire the houses decorated with flowers and birdcages. Today choose one of our Scenic Freechoice activities or join a more active Scenic Discovery excursion.

    Freechoice

    Explore the World Heritage-listed ancient city of Ephesus, or visit the village of Sirince, with its perfect mix of both traditional Turkish and Greek influences. Alternatively, experience the local wine at Sages Winery, or learn how hand woven Turkish carpets are produced.

    Discovery

    Choose a bike ride along the coast and admire the scenery.

    Enrich

    Enjoy a classical music concert while admiring the Library of Celsus dating back to the 2nd century.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Kos, Greece

    Dominated by the 15th century Neratzia Castle and the Ancient Agora ruins, with a temple, shrine and columns, our exploration into Grecian history continues in Kos. The third largest island in the Greek islands, Kos has been influenced by many cultures, including the Romans, the Venetians, the medieval Knights, and the Ottomans. One of the most important historical site is Asklepieion, a medical centre that followed the guidelines of the father of modern medicine, Hippocrates. Known as the ‘Cycling Island’, go for a bike ride around the endless coasts with the turquoise waters or through the mountains. Today choose one of our Scenic Freechoice activities or join a more active Scenic Discovery excursion.

    Freechoice

    Enjoy a cooking class, learning the traditional dishes of Moussaka and Tzatziki, or explore Asklepion where Hippocrates taught and practiced medicine. Choose to visit a locally run olive oil factory and winery for a tasting, or join a guided tour of Kos island. Alternatively, wander around the cobbled streets of Kos with a local.

    Discovery

    Explore Kos on a bike

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Lindos (Rhodes Island)

    Lindos was a famous city in the ancient world, and participated in the Trojan War. The last surviving ancient city that was mentioned by Homer and Herodotus, Lindos is impeccably preserved. The timeless Acropolis is perched atop the steep rock peak, and overlooks the whitewashed town of winding alleyways that spills over the mountain slope. Stroll through the sprawling village, losing yourself in the snaking streets originally designed to confuse pirates.

    Freechoice

    Tour the archaeological site of Lindos, or explore the island of Rhodes.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Symi

    The colourful neo-classical houses and azure beaches of Symi Town welcome us. Stand on the observation deck as you come into port, entering a picture-perfect scenic traditional village. The impeccable architecture that stretches over the surrounding mountains will captivate you. Mingle with the locals and experience everyday life. With the port at the centre of the island, discover many little villages and beaches within walking distance.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Katapola (Amorgos)

    Located at the south-eastern edge of the Cyclades archipelago, Amorgos is yet another beautiful Greek Island where the locals welcome you with a smile, making you feel right at home. Untouched by the mass tourism of its neighbours, Amorgos is perfect for those seeking peace and tranquillity, and the chance to get out on foot to explore. The location of the 1988 film ‘The Big Blue’, this island is a hidden gem that boasts natural landscape, mysterious caves, marvellous beaches and minimal Cycladic architecture. Today choose one of our Scenic Freechoice activities or join a more active Scenic Discovery excursion.

    Freechoice

    Visit the traditional village of Tholaria, or explore the highlights of Amorgos, including the 1000-year-old Monastery of Panagia Hozoviotissa and the picturesque capital Chora. Alternatively, experience the local culture during a cooking or dancing class.

    Discovery

    Hike along the coast admiring the amazing sea view, and cool off at Maltezi Beach before heading back to Scenic Eclipse.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Mykonos

    Mykonos is a whitewashed paradise in the heart of the Cyclades. Discover the island where simplicity meets glamour, with minimal Cycladic architecture, traditional windmills and magical sunsets. Stroll the narrow paved streets of Chora, lined with award winning restaurants and designer boutiques. Marvel at the emerald, azure and deep blue waters lapping at the many beaches. This is the perfect place to indulge in some included water sport activities.

    Freechoice

    Board a local boat and sail to the ancient island of Delos, or explore Mykonos town and the traditional village of Ano Mera. Choose to learn the ancient and modern art of mosaic-making, or stroll through the streets of Mykonos before a wine tasting. Alternatively, relax on Elia beach.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Piraeus (Athens)

    Your cruise ends this morning as you say farewell to your crew and new friends. Transfer to your hotel in Athens for your three-night stay .  Join your Tour Director and fellow travellers this evening for a welcome drink.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  10. Day 10 - Athens

    Discover the bustling Greek capital with a guided city tour. Explore the city’s mix of ancient and contemporary with your local guide, including a visit to the site of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896, the impressive Panathenaiko Stadium. You’ll also visit many of the city’s ancient wonders, such as the World Heritage-listed Acropolis, the Propylaea, and the Parthenon, just to name a few.

    Freechoice

    Visit the Acropolis Museum, situated overlooking the famed Acropolis offering stunning 360-degree views of the city, and discover the many ancient treasures on display. Alternatively, take a walking tour through Plaka, the oldest district in Athens, learning about local handicrafts along the way.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Athens

    Aegina, the closest island to Athens, is the perfect place to experience a slice of Greek Island life, along with many ancient sites. Spend some time exploring the neo-classical buildings of Aegina-town, before discovering the magnificent Temple of Afaia, one of the best-preserved Doric temples in Greece. Head to Moni Agiou Nektariou for a wander around this 400-year old monastery nestled up in the hills before lunch at a traditional ocean-front tavern.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  12. Day 12 - Nafplion

    Today travel towards Nafplion, Greece’s historic first capital. You’ll have the opportunity to stop and admire the 23-metre wide Corinth Canal, before continuing to the small village of Epidaurus, where you’ll visit the renowned Great Theatre of Epidaurus, dating back to 4th century BC. This afternoon, arrive in the charming town of Nafplion and discover this picturesque seaside port with a guided city tour. Notice the many Venetian and Ottoman influences that make this city unique, as your guide takes you through the narrow streets of the Old Town, finishing your tour at the imposing Palamidi Fortress. Relax tonight at your hotel, where you’ll enjoy a one night Special Stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  13. Day 13 - Olympia

    This morning begins with a visit to the important archaeological site of Mycenae. Learn about the legendary Agamemnon, as you marvel at the fortified ruins where once stood the most powerful kingdom in Greece. As we continue towards Olympia, stop at local winery Skouras Domaine for a wine tasting. Then join a cooking class followed by a delicious lunch in the traditional village of Vytina. Continue to the small ancient town of Olympia, renowned as the site of the first Olympic Games held over 2,800 years ago. Here we’ll visit the Olympia Archaeological site, home to many extraordinary monuments such as the Temples of Hera and Zeus, and the ancient stadium where the torch of the modern Olympic Games is still lit today. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit the Archaeological Museum, which proudly displays relics dating back to prehistoric times. Tonight, enjoy an included dinner at a local restaurant before your overnight stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Delphi

    Depart today for the mountainside town of Delphi, considered by Zeus to be the centre of the world if ancient Greek mythology is to be believed. Explore significant historical sites such as the ancient ruins of the Temple of Apollo, and the Archaeological Museum of Delphi. Stop at local honey farm for a tour and olive tasting before reaching your accommodation for the night,

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  15. Day 15 - Meteora > Kalambaka

    Continue today to the World Heritage-listed site of Meteora. See the natural wonders of 60 million year old rock formations, with incredible Byzantine monasteries dating back to the 14th century balanced high on the rock pillars above. Originally, more than twenty monasteries once hovered high in the mountains, today only six stoically remain.

    Freechoice

    Visit the fascinating Monastery of Rousanou and the Antonite Varlaam Monastery, followed by a panoramic driving tour through the mountains for breathtaking views of this remarkable site, or for those feeling more active, follow the old footpaths monks have walked for centuries on a guided hike, exploring monasteries along the way, some still proudly standing and others in ruins.

    Tonight you’ll be treated to a home hosted dinner, before your overnight stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Athens

    Today we journey back to Athens, as we make our way to the city centre’s highest point, Lycabettus Hill.

    Enrich

    Take an enjoyable ride on the funicular railway to the peak and be rewarded with spectacular views across the city. At the top is the setting for our unforgettable farewell dinner.

    Return to your hotel in Athens for a one night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Athens

    Sadly, it is time to bid farewell and take many wonderful memories with you.

    The itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons. As such Scenic cannot guarantee the tour will operate unaltered from the itinerary stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

Truly all-inclusive luxury
  • Only 228 guests on board for a truly intimate experience
  • Spacious all Verandah Suites
  • Butler service for every guest
  • Up to ten on board dining experiences, from casual to fine dining
  • Complimentary beverages all day, every day
  • 4 member Specialist Discovery Team
  • Your choice of Scenic Freechoice activities
  • Exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Scenic Discovery excursions
  • Engaging lecture and education program on board
  • All tipping and gratuities

Your luxury escorted journey includes
  • The intimacy of small group land journeys with up to 20 guests
  • Exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Your choice of Scenic Freechoice activities
  • Memorable Scenic Special Stays
  • Fully escorted land journey led by an expert handpicked Tour Director and knowledgeable local guides
  • Porterage throughout, plus return airport transfers
  • All tipping and gratuities

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